Lives of the fellows

John Douglas Procter

b.16 July 1902 d.29 October 1966
BA Cantab(1923) MRCS LRCP(1925) MRCP(1928) MB BChir(1929) MD(1937) FRCP(1962)

John Douglas Procter was born at Longton, Stoke on Trent, where his father, Percy John Procter, was a china and earthenware factor. His mother, Isabella Hodgkinson, was the daughter of a draper. Procter was educated at Epworth College, Rhyl, in North Wales and later at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Here he obtained a BA degree in the Natural Science Tripos in 1923 and then went up to University College Hospital, in London, where he qualified with the Conjoint diploma in 1925. He served this hospital as house physician, house surgeon and obstetric house surgeon between 1925 and 1927, when he spent a further four years as an assistant to the Medical Unit under T.R. Elliott. He obtained the Cambridge MD in 1937 with a thesis on ‘Factors influencing gastric acidity’.

In 1931 he was appointed clinical assistant at the Nottingham General Hospital, a post which he held until 1937, when he obtained a post on the staff of the Mansfield General Hospital, and in 1946 was appointed physician to the Nottingham General Hospital and to the Nottingham Children’s Hospital, both of which posts he held till his death. He was elected an FRCP in 1962, and was always interested in the work of the BMA, of which body he was elected a Fellow in 1966. He was chairman of the Sheffield Regional Consultants and Specialists Committee and was a member of the Central Consultants and Specialists Committee from 1955 till 1958.

Procter was a good, careful, conscientious and popular doctor, whose opinion and advice was often sought and always willingly given: at Nottingham he was particularly interested in patients with diabetes. He was devoted to music and was a competent performer on both the piano and the violin, and among his greatest pleasures were the meetings of the Nottingham Music Club of which he was an active member.

His wife, Ellen Elizabeth Sargant, the daughter of a rubber and metal merchant, whom he married in 1929, was a keen musician herself, as were his son and two daughters; his house, therefore, provided a small orchestra in itself, and this gave great pleasure to his many friends.

In 1962 Procter suffered a coronary thrombosis which reduced his activities; he seemed, however, to have made a good recovery, and was resuming much of his normal life, when he suffered a second and fatal coronary thrombosis on the golf course. He was a keen and good golfer. He was greatly missed in Nottingham, where he had hosts of friends and to whom he was always a delightful and amusing friend and companion.

Lord Amulree

[Brit.med.J., 1966, 2, 1205; Lancet, 1966, 2, 1199; Nottingham Evening Post, 31 Oct & 4 Nov 1966; Nottingham Guardian Journal, 31 Oct 1966; Methodist Recorder, 3 Nov 1966]

(Volume VI, page 385)

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